By Bus

Travelling to Phuket by bus from Bangkok takes about 14 hours.

You can take a bus from the Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai), in Thonburi. (Charan Sanitwong rd, Bangkok, tel: 02 435 1200 or 02 435 1199).

Types of Buses
Not all buses are the same. A couple hundred baht more will buy you a lot more comfort. These have 32 seats which are a little small seats and don't recline much.

VIP Buses
For a more comfortable journey take the VIP buses which have much bigger seats and more legroom.

Long-distance buses will stop at a designated restaurant about half-way into the journey, where you can have a simple meal or buy snacks to take with you.

Private Coach and Minibus Service
There are also private coach and minibus services available from travel agents or some hotel tour desks. Be wary of booking private buses from agencies on Khao Sarn road. The service on such buses can be really bad.

Bus Terminal
The bus terminal in Phuket is located on Phang Nga road in Phuket City, down a side road opposite the Royal Phuket City Hotel. As well as regular buses to Bangkok there are services to other destinations in the South such as Hat Yai, Krabi, Surat Thani and Trang.

From Phuket Bus Terminal you can catch a Tuk Tuk or local bus to anywhere on the island.

Airport Bus Service

The airport bus service is a great alternative for budget travellers, the airconditioned buses depart from just outside the arrivals hall on the first floor. The bus runs hourly from 6.30 am to 8.45pm daily to Phuket Town and cost around 85 baht. The trip from the airport to Phuket Town will take about an hour and there are drop off points along the way at Nai Yang, Heroines Monument, Tesco Lotus and the Big C Shopping Centre.

This is the cheapest Phuket airport transfers available on the Island.

Return airport bus runs from 5.30 am to 6.30 pm departing from Phuket Town.

Click here to check the airport bus timetable.

Thieves operate on long-distance buses so keep on eye on your valuables. Don't put anything valuable in the luggage compartment of the bus. You may find that its not there when you arrive. There have also been reports of thieves befriending tourist and offering them snacks which contain drugs to make them fall asleep, then robbing them while they sleep.

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